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History of ZLC

The Lutheran Church in Boalsburg was built in 1825 with the German Reformed congregation uniting in the building. The Lutherans alternated Sunday services with the Reformed in the building that became known as the “Stone Church”. The two congregations shared in the ministry and support of the Stone Church until 1860 when the Lutherans purchased the interest of the Reformed congregation. The Reformed Church, now St. John’s United Church of Christ, and Zion Lutheran continue to this day to enjoy a partnership in ministry to Boalsburg and surrounding communities. Programs like our midweek Lenten series, the area Vacation Bible School, an Easter Sunrise Service, a Good Friday Liturgy, and several other special occasions are continuing manifestations of a shared history and mission.

In 1868, by decision of the congregation, the Stone Church was torn down and the present brick structure was built. Throughout the years members of Zion Lutheran Church have undertaken numerous projects to repair, restore, or renew the brick building which has become a home for worship, outreach, educational ministries, and fellowship. In the spring of 2003 the congregation acquired three buildings across the street that serve as office and meeting areas for church and community related activities. The addition of the adjacent Keene property in 2012 completed plans for land expansion and will provide new future ministry opportunities.